Birthday card: Floral Doodle Stamp and Punch

Recently I needed to create a quick birthday card, and I was looking for something that looked harder to make than it actually was. LOL!

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

This EK Tools stamp and punch set, Floral Doodle, came to the rescue. I picked this up at Michael’s awhile ago. It consists of several foam stamps of flowery doodles and sentiments. The stamps coordinate and can be layered over one another. It also includes a punch of the main flower image.

The box contains several photo examples, and I mimicked one in my time crunch. I used Neenah Desert Storm for the card base and the main flower that’s popped up with foam adhesive in the center. To keep some feminine flair, I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Bubblegum to stamp the images in a bright pink shade.

I used three stamps in the set: the squared-off doodle on the card base itself; the bigger flower that I stamped and punched out on another layer; and the smaller flower that I stamped and fussy-cut for the flower center.

To create a little more depth, I edged the main flower with the same pink ink, using the edge of the ink pad directly to the paper. I added an organza pink ribbon and some pink rhinestones as accents.

The final touch was to add the happy birthday sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper.

It ended up being an unusual size as I got a little messy with my ink and had to trim off the mistake. Oh, well. I think it still works!

Please let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

Purple Flower Birthday Card

In this month of many birthdays, I am on a birthday card kick! This one is for my friend Becky, who gave me a beautiful stamp with the flower in the bottle. It’s a wood stamp from Inkadinkado, Vintage Bottle Flower.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

As always when I watercolor, I stamped my image in waterproof Versafine Black Onyx ink. Her favorite color is purple so I colored the flower a vibrant purple using my Inktense pencil and a water brush on watercolor paper. I also used some pink to add depth to the flower. I colored the stems and leaves with various shades of green and the bottle with light blue tones.  I used a gray tint to add shadow to the bottom and right side of the bottle. I added a tiny bit of glimmer to the center of the flower with my stardust pen from Sakura.

The image was looking a little stark, so I took my ink blending tool from Ranger and added Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to the edges for some green shading.

I didn’t have a particular design in mind, but once I started playing with some paper swatches, I decided to try a picture frame effect. Though the colors don’t match perfectly, I like the complementary tones in the 4.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad from the Paper Studio’s So-So-Sweet line (from Hobby Lobby). I found that I liked having two solid colors and two patterned papers, all in different widths.

The final touch was the birthday sentiment from Fiskars and a few clear rhinestones scattered here and there.

What do you think? Will she like it for her birthday?

Thanks for looking!

Sunny Days Challenge Card

Continuing my summer theme, I was inspired to create a fun card as part of Lil’ Inker Designs’ Sunny Days Challenge.

Lil Inker Designs Sunny Days Challenge

In the inspiration photo, I love the bright blue sky and the contrasting burst of yellow in the coffee cup. I think both perfectly illustrate a beautiful summer day.

And who can resist pinwheels (and flip flops)? They are a great reminder to take time to play.

I used the happy color scheme and imagery to create a sunny birthday card for a friend who will celebrate her birthday this month. A summer card for a summer baby!

I decided to turn my pinwheel into a beautiful flower. Lil’Inker’s Mini Pinwheel Die makes it really easy to create cute pinwheels for a variety of projects. I used double-sided patterned paper from Heidi Grace’s Sunshowers 6×6 paper pad. For the flower center, I wove some yellow and white baker’s twine on a white button. The flower stem is a piece of a wooden coffee stirrer, tinted green with the Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Peeled Paint.Sunshine and Pinwheel flower card lo res

With yellow patterned paper from the same paper pad, I used the small Sunshine die from Lil’Inker to create my own bright sun in a blue sky. I love how the die includes stitching details on the sun and sunshine rays for extra interest. I folded some of the rays upward to add some dimension.

The grass was created using a punch from Fiskars; the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Stampendous. I adhered everything to a top-folding card of heavy white cardstock and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper.

What do you think? Does it make you want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine?

I hope so. I am so inspired, I think I am going to the beach! Have fun!

His & Hers Cards: Thinking of You

I’m taking the Online Card Class, His and Hers, which includes techniques to create masculine and feminine cards by changing just a few details. I am loving the class already!

For my first assignment, I’ve created a masculine and feminine card using the same image stamps but with different colors and slightly different sentiments.

My feminine and masculine (L to R) cards using the same image but different colors.

My feminine and masculine (L to R) cards using the same image but different colors.

I chose floral stamps that have an exotic, paisley look to them, so I think they work for both males and females. Unfortunately, when I bought this stamp set last year, I unwittingly threw away the outer packaging, so I don’t know the name of this stamp set or the manufacturer. Apologies! Now I know better than to throw those things away!

For the feminine card, I worked with shades of purple, pink and a little green. I stamped the images in Versafine Onyx Black and then colored them in with my Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush. The sentiment comes from the Hero Arts set Good Friends.

The masculine card uses the same floral images, but this time stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White, then slightly offset with the same stamp in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, on dark brown Bazzill cardstock. The more masculine style of sentiment comes from another Hero Arts set, CL582 (sorry, I can’t find a name on the set, but it also has some hearts and stars mixed with the sentiments). The card base is ivory.

I also made the the female card smaller and narrower, while the male card is taller and wider. I hadn’t really planned it that way, but I think it reinforces the his and hers theme, don’t you think?

It’s interesting to think of images, sentiments, fonts and colors in terms of masculine and feminine. I think most of these can be appreciated by both genders, with just a little finagling.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

Pattern Play: For You Dahlia Card

For my second Online Card Class Pattern Play homework assignment, I’ve created a card using a jumbo Stampendous stamp in Dahlia:

A pretty Dahlia for you...

A pretty Dahlia for you…

I like the simplicity of the card and the bold flower. Truthfully, though, I didn’t realize how big the flower would be in comparison to the card until I had already prepared it. I stamped it three times in Versafine Black ink onto the red patterned paper. It’s a really subtle pattern with small white writing in the background. These are loose sheets I have in my stash, but I believe they are from 7 Gypsies.

Then I fussy-cut around the petals to create three layers: the large flower in its entirety, the second layer in, and finally the center. I edged all layers with a black Sharpie marker to get ride of the white outlines. I popped up the small two layers using foam dots and then the entire flower to the card front with my tape runner.

I found a scrap of the black paper with a soft pattern and stamped in Versmark the “for you” sentiment; I heat embossed it in white. Then I stamped the same sentiment in black along the edge of the card. It looks okay when the card is vertical, but when you turn it horizontally, you can see that the sentiment is uneven. Though I may recreate the card later with a straight sentiment, I gave up at this point and went forward with it. Next time I will use a pencial with a ruler to get it straight!

With the flower hanging off the side, this card is too big for a standard envelope, so I either will create one using my Martha Stewart score board or maybe I will hand-deliver it to a special someone with an envelope.

Happy crafting!